A U.S. guided missile destroyer and Littoral Combat Ship have arrive in Da Nang to conduct a series of low-level exercises with the Vietnamese People’s Navy, the U.S. Navy said on Monday.
The five-day Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) comes as the U.S. and Vietnam mark 20 years of normalized diplomatic relations — which were established in January of 1995.
Sailors from USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) will work with their counterparts in non-combatant events as part of the sixth iteration of the bi-lateral NEA.
“Subject-matter expert exchanges will focus on maritime domain awareness, shipboard damage control, submarine rescue, legal symposia, band concerts, community service events and team sports,” read a statement.
“A brief at-sea phase will allow ships from both navies to practice the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) and ship handling.”
CUES is a series of non-binding rules-of-the-road to prevent an escalation of tensions between different militaries at sea.